Circus tents helped with defining shapes when using the panty hose.

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An 18th century style courthouse inspired the circular arches the platforms create.

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Panty Hose Art
Panty Hose Art

This piece of art was the inspiration for the use of panty hose panels. It allowed for an abstract set, while creating feminine shapes and involving the circus/carnival feel.

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Kanye West
Kanye West

The colors stay in a neutral palette; Kanye West's clothing line "Yeezy" inspired the colors and the glossy floor. If I were to design the costumes for this show I would have them in nude colors, very similar to Kanye West's clothing line.

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Panty Hose Inspiration
Panty Hose Inspiration
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These panels inspired the choice to create 9 boxes for the actors to stand on when the 8 Wonders and Venus are revealed.

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Panty Hose Inspirations
Panty Hose Inspirations

This piece inspired the backdrop and allows for backlighting as an effect.

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Circus Inspiration
Circus Inspiration

Circus tents helped with defining shapes within the panty hose.

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Using the panty hose, shadows were created throughout the set.

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Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian

After seeing Kim Kardashian wear this outfit at New York Fashion Week, I knew I wanted to use sheer fabrics in my design.

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Scenic Designer

Venus

Scale: 1/4

2016

AWiker Venus Research Board
Venus Drafting

During my research phase for Venus, New York Fashion Week was taking place and Kim Kardashian made headlines for her revealing sheer outfits.  Kim Kardashian's outfits would become my main inspiration.  

After reading Venus I felt it was a show that could be abstract in design.  I knew I wanted the character Venus to always be present on stage and for her to have the feeling that there is no place for her to hide.  I found many connections between Venus and Kim Kardashian; one of which is they became famous for their bodies.  With these thoughts in mind, I decided panty hose art would give me the sheerness and sensual quality I wanted.  

 

Using the panty hose I was able to create a circus environment to the design which was a specific design choice as Venus is on display at a side show for the majority of the play.  I wanted shadows and backlighting to be used to set the moods of each scene and the panels allow for interesting lighting choices.  The color palette was inspired by, Kim Kardashian's husband, Kanye West's clothing line "Yeezy".  I wanted to use a variety of nude colors to accent the differences that the characters came from. 

 

The floor is a black wood grain with a glossy finish.  The wood grain pattern follows the line movements of the platforms but is broken up with checkered fragmented paint marks.  I wanted to use many platform levels in order to create different areas and locations in each scene.  For furniture I chose to use was nine 2' x 2' boxes to create the areas and a piece of panty hose would fly in and be hooked in place as the cage (see above images).